OFFICERS say they are keeping an open mind about whether a man seen acting suspiciously in Rodbourne could be linked to reports of a balaclava-clad pervert who approached a girl outside a primary school this week.

Police have released a picture of the man they would like to speak to in connection with an incident on Pasture Close on September 5.

In a Facebook post, Swindon North Police said he was seen acting suspiciously: “When the man was approached to be asked what he was doing he left the area.”

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The man police want to speak to about a suspicious incident in Rodbourne Picture: SWINDON NORTH POLICE/FACEBOOK

Officers said they were keeping an open mind about whether the incident was linked to reports of a man acting suspiciously on Deneb Drive, near Oakhurst Primary School, on October 9.

That afternoon, a nine-year-old girl was said to have been approached by a man wearing a balaclava, dark jogging bottoms and neon pink trainers. It was claimed he had a bag of sweets and was making inappropriate comments.

Det Sgt Justin Downes said: “The girl involved did the right thing by running away and telling her parent.”